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Posted 7/7/17 at 4:08 PM | Mark Ellis

New York Times claims Iran and Hezbollah are fighting terror

Iran and Hezbollah were held responsible for the Khobar Tower bombing that killed American servicemen

By Mark Ellis

The New York Times has produced a video that bends over backward to present a sympathetic portrait of Iran’s supposed fight against terrorism, especially in their opposition to ISIS.

The video: “How Iran fights — and aligns with — terrorists” was posted on YouTube by the Times on July 3rd. The narrator of the video begins by stating that “Iran has long been accused of exporting terrorism, but the country itself has been the target of attacks for decades.”

Others disagree with the sympathetic portrayal. “The New York Times paints Iran as a victim of terror attacks for decades, setting Iran up as our partner – on par with the West – because of its elaborate counter-terrorism strategy,” says Meira Svirsky, editor of the Clarion Project.

Iran was designated as a state sponsor of terrorism by the United States in 1984. “It remains one of the world’s greatest offenders today, yet the New York Times would have us believe that for the most part Iran is a victim of terrorism,” Svirsky says. FULL POST

Posted 7/7/17 at 4:00 PM | Mark Ellis

Serious allegation: Google alters search engine to punish pro-life group

By Mark Ellis

A prominent pro-life group, Operation Rescue, alleges that Google’s search engine has been manipulated to dramatically reduce exposure to a page containing critical information about abortion on their website.

Until mid-May, the fact page, Abortions in America, was their most visited page. It previously appeared in the top five when searching “abortions in US.”

But mysteriously, the link to their page disappeared from the first page of search results and reappeared in the 25th spot on page two.

Links to the Guttmacher Institute, NPR, CNN and the New York Times appear prominently on the first page of results.

“We noticed that our web stats were a lot lower than normal,” says Cheryl Sullenger, senior vice-president of the organization. “We decided to do some investigation and that’s when I discovered that Google had been burying our most popular page.” FULL POST

Posted 7/7/17 at 3:52 PM | Mark Ellis

Islamic preacher on Temple Mount calls for slaughter of all Americans, Europeans

Palestinian cleric Sheikh Nadhal Siam, also known as “Abu Ibrahim”

By Mark Ellis

In a fiery sermon delivered at the Al Aqsa Mosque, Palestinian cleric Sheikh Nadhal Siam, also known as “Abu Ibrahim,” condemned the Saudi and Qatari regimes for their collaboration with the U.S. and the British.

Then he prayed to Allah to “enable us to slaughter” all the Americans and Europeans and the “criminal and treacherous” Arab rulers, according to the Middle East Research Institute (MEMRI).

His vicious tirade was answered by cries of “Amen” from his audience. The video was posted on YouTube on June 18.

“Do not think that some of the collaborators are right and some are wrong,” Siam bellowed in his sermon. “They are all equally collaborators. Just as the Saudi regime is a lackey of the Americans, and is immersed in collaboration with them, the Qatari regime is a lackey of the English, and is immersed in collaboration with them. FULL POST

Posted 7/7/17 at 3:43 PM | Mark Ellis

Vietnam: Imprisoned pastor eats insects, mice and frogs to survive

Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh, imprisoned since 2011, was placed in a solitary cell in the Xuan Loc Prison in Vietnam’s southern province of Dong Nai since October 2016. He suffers from sinusitis, arthritis, high blood pressure and inflammation of the stomach, but has received no medical treatment from the prison’s authorities, according to his wife.

By Mark Ellis

In Vietnam’s Central Highlands, pastors imprisoned for their faith are languishing, facing dire conditions that make it difficult to survive.

Pastors on trial are rarely given access to an attorney, and the length of their prison terms is almost irrelevant, as labor camp officials can extend them indefinitely over the pettiest violations.

“One pastor we know was sentenced for 11 years, but it has already been extended to 20,” Su*, the director of an indigenous ministry told Christian Aid Mission (CAM). “This happens if you don’t get up on time or don’t accomplish your task.” FULL POST

Posted 7/7/17 at 3:32 PM | Mark Ellis

Former leader of church planting movement transitions to female

Before and after transition

By Mark Ellis

Paul Williams, the former leader of a church planting organization known as the Orchard Group, has transitioned to female and is now known as Paula, according to the New York Times.

From his earliest memories, Paul was not comfortable with his gender identity. He followed his father’s footsteps into ministry, married a minister’s daughter, and fathered three children. Living in Long Island, New York, he enjoyed hiking and mountain biking, according to the Times.

But he kept his battle with gender "dysphoria" a closely guarded secret.

In late 2012, he couldn’t contain the secret any longer and confided in his son Jonathan – the leader of a church plant in Brooklyn funded by Orchard Group.

Paul told his son he wanted to live as a woman – transgender.

“I was relieved for a split second, not really knowing or understanding what it was,” Jonathan told the Times. “This was before Caitlyn Jenner or ‘Transparent.’ FULL POST

Posted 6/22/17 at 4:00 PM | Mark Ellis

Amid drought and starvation, Muslim holy men warn villagers away from Christian medical clinics

Boy in Niger, victim of drought and famine

By Mark Ellis

In drought-stricken Niger, Samira watched two of her children die from starvation. Now her two-year-old son Adamou*, born in a mud hut, was severely malnourished, his skin hanging limply from his bones.

But because of warnings from Muslim holy men in her village known as marabouts, and fearing angry spirits, she didn’t think she should visit the Christian medical clinic in Dantchandou, 22 miles away.

In fact, Adamou had never received any modern medical treatment, according to a report by Christian Aid Mission (CAM).

Samira had taken him to the marabouts, who made ritual incantations, recited verses from the Quran, and made attempts to contact spirits via plants and perfumes.

More than 80 percent of Niger’s people are Muslim, but they often combine Islam with other animistic rituals from their ancestors, according to CAM.

Samira received jolting news from one of the marabouts. “The native healer told me that the spirits are not happy about me, and that I have to pay with my children,” she told CAM. FULL POST

Posted 6/22/17 at 3:54 PM | Mark Ellis

When he heard what the Lamb of God did for him, he ran and hid in a ditch

Pioneers
Koppa

By Mark Ellis

Simon and Annika Flanagan, missionaries with Ethnos360, recently planted a church in the village of Soi, Papua New Guinea.

One of the recent converts in the village, a young man named Koppa, grew up in another village many miles away.

“I never knew my mom and my dad and as soon as I had an opportunity I moved away from my small village into one of the bigger towns,” Koppa told them. “Then I soon got involved with the wrong crowd and started to use drugs and alcohol.”

A rebellious spirit and corrupt behavior got him into trouble with the police and he had to run from town to town in order to avoid arrest. But eventually, the authorities caught up with him and he landed in jail.

“I escaped out of jail but nearly got killed when the police shot at me. So I fled far away to hide from the police here in the village here where I’m living now,” he recounted. FULL POST

Posted 6/22/17 at 3:34 PM | Mark Ellis

Jesus appeared to Muslim woman, answered her request for cigarettes, later brought miraculous healing

By Mark Ellis

Nelly, a North African woman living in southern Europe, had a brain tumor and was not expected to survive much longer, but Jesus personally appeared to her in astonishing ways that upended her life.

Knowing her time was short, Nelly visited two Christian neighbors affiliated with Pioneers and asked them to visit her husband and young son after she died.

The Christian workers encouraged Nelly to pray to Jesus and ask Him for help.

Due to her Muslim background, Nelly had never prayed to Jesus. But the nature of her illness prevented her from performing her daily Muslim prayer rituals. So she went home and for the first time in her life and prayed to Jesus, according to the account by Pioneers.

As she began to pray to Jesus, something remarkable happened.

Jesus personally appeared on her balcony, walked through her two doors and spoke with her.

“What do you want,” He asked in her heart language, a North African dialect. FULL POST

Posted 6/22/17 at 3:28 PM | Mark Ellis

Three-year-old Assyrian Christian girl kidnapped by ISIS reunited with her mother

Assyrian Intl News Agency
Christina and mom after being re-united

By Mark Ellis

Christina Khader Ebada, the three-year-old Assyrian girl kidnapped by ISIS three years ago, has been reunited with her family in northern Iraq.

ISIS abducted the child from her family in August, 2014, as she and her parents fled Qaraqosh, the largest Assyrian city in Iraq, according to the Assyrian International News Agency (AINA).

She was last seen by her mother crying and sobbing after a heavily bearded man seized her from her mother’s arms and carried her away.

“She will die if she does not see me,” her mother told AINA following the abduction.

The Iraqi Army, fighting for the liberation of Mosul, contacted Allen Kakony, a photojournalist, and told him “a six-year-old Christian girl had been liberated” from ISIS.

Her parents where contacted and told to report to a designated location in Mosul where she would be returned to them. FULL POST

Posted 6/9/17 at 4:08 PM | Mark Ellis

Francis Chan: Korean missionaries wish they were still imprisoned by Taliban

South Korean hostages taken by Taliban in 2007

By Mark Ellis

A decade ago, 23 South Korean missionaries were captured and held hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Some now say they miss their captivity, because of the unusual intimacy they experienced with God during that time.

The hostages attended Saemmul Presbyterian Church in Bundang, a commuter town south of Seoul.

They “felt the presence of Jesus” in such an unbelievable way in prison, they wish they could return, Francis Chan told The Bridge 2017 conference, according to a report by the Gospel Herald.

The missionaries were taken hostage when the Taliban captured their bus traveling between Kabul and Kandahar. Church leaders said the Koreans were in Afghanistan as volunteers to help doctors in the hospitals and teachers in schools.

One of the missionaries told Chan: “’These women that were in these camps with us, they come to me and they say, ‘Pastor, don’t you wish we were still imprisoned by the Taliban?'” FULL POST

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